Vikings Top Saints 29-19 to Open 2017 Season 12 Sep 17

MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings paid tribute to Randy Moss multiple ways on Monday.

There were videos, and a ceremony at halftime inducting the legendary receiver into the team’s Ring of Honor during halftime.

Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen even donned cleats that paid homage to everyone’s favorite “Straight Cash, Homie,” before using their hands, legs and feet for explosive gains.

Sam Bradford targeted Diggs and Thielen a total of 18 times, resulting in 16 combined catches for 250 yards. Diggs also caught two touchdowns, becoming the first Viking to do so in a season opener since Moss in 2004 (a 35-17 win over Dallas).

Bradford was 27-of-32 passing for 346 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. His passer rating of 143 was a career high.

Thielen finished with 157 yards picking up where he left off with Bradford late last season for his fourth career game with more than 100 yards, and Diggs totaled 93 yards.

Bradford added a 15-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph early in the fourth quarter.

The Vikings defense limited the Saints to 4-of-11 on third-down conversions and kept New Orleans out of the end zone until less than two minutes remained.

Rookie running back Dalvin Cook broke free for a pair of long runs late and finished with 22 carries for 127 yards with a long of 33.

The Vikings limited the Saints to 60 rushing yards. Adrian Peterson had 18 yards on six carries against his former team. Alvin Kamara rushed seven times for 18 yards, and Mark Ingram rushed six times for 17 yards. 

Moss became the second person to sound the Gjallarhorn more than once, joining Hall of Fame Head Coach Bud Grant.

The Vikings improved to 3-1 in season openers under Head Coach Mike Zimmer.